Security Council business in April

 

 

††††††††††††††††††† We didnít discuss any substance of foreign policy or the Councilís business

††††††††††††††††††† during this session this morning. We talked about our agenda and Iíll say a

††††††††††††††††††† word or two about that and we talked about Council procedures and how to

††††††††††††††††††† streamline our work and make it more pointed and results oriented. And I got

††††††††††††††††††† very strong encouragement from other Members of the Council in that sort of

††††††††††††††††††† pragmatic approach which perhaps you would expect from a British

††††††††††††††††††† Presidency. I must make it work.

 

††††††††††††††††††† On the agenda, you have seen Ė and if you havenít itís on the UK website Ė

††††††††††††††††††† the schedule for the month. Tomorrow we will have a briefing on the

††††††††††††††††††† UN/Iraq/Kuwait observer mission (UNIKOM) but I expect the discussion to be

††††††††††††††††††† confined to that sort of area and not to wander into wider policy on Iraq. I think

††††††††††††††††††† that is for rather later in our business. The Great Lakes discussion tomorrow

††††††††††††††††††† morning will be about the intention to send a Security Council mission to the

††††††††††††††††††† Great Lakes area, perhaps in May. We will be talking about possible Terms of

††††††††††††††††††† Reference for that and possible timing and logistics. There again it wonít

††††††††††††††††††† necessarily be, and I donít think will be, a discussion of deep policy on the

††††††††††††††††††† Great Lakes. We will have that further down in the month, perhaps on the 17th

††††††††††††††††††† April. On Thursday there will be a public meeting, a briefing by the Secretariat

††††††††††††††††††† to update us on East Timor and a discussion on UNTAET's work in East

††††††††††††††††††† Timor and that will be in the main room and open to the press. At the moment

††††††††††††††††††† we have no business for Friday. The Secretary-Generalís return is of interest

††††††††††††††† ††††to us, but he has indicated that he will keep us briefed on his travelling when

††††††††††††††††††† he sees us for lunch on the 10th.

 

††††††††††††††††††† Then the schedule is as you see it. There are things coming up that are

††††††††††††††††††† attuned to the dates of reports that are coming in or mandates that need to be

††††††††††††††††††† renewed. Western Sahara is an important item for the end of the month in that

††††††††††††††††††† respect.

 

††††††††††††††††††† I just wanted to point out to you that on the schedule for the 27th of April there

††††††††††††††††††† is a new event Ė an initiative taken by the United Kingdom - to bring the

††††††††††††††††††† Council together with the Bureau of the Economic and Social Council

††††††††††††††††††† (ECOSOC) with the agreement of the Presidency and Bureau of ECOSOC, to

††††††††††††††††††† have a discussion about co-ordinating our respective approaches to conflict

††††††††††††††††††† management, conflict prevention, the role of disarmament, demobilisation and

††††††††††††††††††† reconciliation (DDR) in peacekeeping operations and in post conflict

††††††††††††††††††† peacebuilding. The Security Council is conscious that its work interacts with

††††††††††††††††††† the work of other parts of the UN but we donít often talk with them about it.

††††††††††††††††††† And itís time to do that. I do that, I hope it will be agreed that that will be an

††††††††††††††††††† open meeting, that is open to you. That we will have a discussion and a

†† †††††††††††††††††brainstorming on that subject in front of other members of the UN and with

††††††††††††††††††† you to take the issue of co-ordination forward. There are, of course, many

††††††††††††††††††† other important things being done. I wonít go through them all. Weíll take

††††††††††††††††††† them as we come along.

 

††††††††††††††††††† My intention is to brief you, on mike, as soon as the Security Council is

††††††††††††††††††† finished. The intention there is to finish no later than 1.15 every day. And I will

††††††††††††††††††† also be trying to brief other members of the United Nations, with my

††††††††††††††††††† delegation, at more or less the same time so I will come and spend 5 or 10

††††††††††††††††††† minutes with you and then go into that room for other members of the UN, and

††††††††††††††††††† then be available probably for a few more minutes on background if you need

††††††††††††††††††† me. That is the intention of the Presidency during the course of this month.

 

††††††††††††††††††† Any questions on the programme?

 

††††††††††††††††††† Question about the possible attendance by Xanana Gusmao at the Security

††††††††††††††††††† Council meeting on East Timor.

 

††††††††††††††††††† We hadnít made any arrangements to bring anybody extra in. That is an

††††††††††††††††††† interesting development in itself. I think it will be a more routine briefing on

††††††††††††††††††† Thursday as far as East Timor is concerned.

 

††††††††††††††††††† Question about the briefing on Kosovo.

 

†††††††††††††† †††††Yes. That will be an updating briefing again. Open to interested delegations

††††††††††††††††††† outside the Council to contribute to. I donít expect that to be a special event

††††††††††††††††††† in any way. Itís just our next checking of where we have got to on the

††††††††††††††††††† implementation of 1244. But there are some important developments in that

††††††††††††††††††† region and we want to keep a close eye on them. But it's not a special event

††††††††††††††††††† in any way. Itís just an updating and a discussion of where we have got to.

 

††††††††††††††††††† Question about the Middle East Peace Process

 

††††††††††††††††††† Nothing on the programme. I think you can expect some quiet diplomacy on

††††††††††††††††††† that for a bit. So I wonít be saying very much to the press unless we bring

††††††††††††††††††† something back to the Council. But the issue is certainly not dead. But I think

††††††††††††††††††† some background discussions are needed first before we see the possibilities

††††††††††††††††††† of further action.

 

††††††††††††††††††† Question about the arrest of Slobodan Milosovic

 

††††††††††††††††††† We havenít discussed that in the Council. I donít expect that we necessarily

††††††††††††††††††† will. From the point of view of the United Kingdom the arrest of President

††††††††††††††††††† Milosovic to face domestic charges is a welcome first step. We believe that

††††††††††††††††††† the indictment of President Milosovic by The Hague Tribunal stands is

††††††††††††††††††† important and must be followed. We are pleased that this first step is now

††††††††††††††††††† taking place and letís watch developments.

 

††††††††††††††††††† Good. Thank you very much.